A statistical look at Mesut Ozil’s start at Arsenal

Spectators of the English game went mental on deadline day, especially those in the red half of north London. Mesut Ozil was drafted into the squad for a huge amount of money, and with it the expectations around the club flooded back.

Now as we pass through the opening few days of October, Arsenal sit top of the league – both domestically and in Europe – and the Germany international has been brilliant.

From his three Premier League outings – which Arsenal won all three – Ozil has made seven key passes and claimed an assist as well as four chances created in just two games in the Champions League. He has hit the target with 100% of his shots in the Premier League and completed 89% of his passes (90% in the Champions League) and hit the target with all four of his shots.

He opened his goalscoring tally at the club in last night’s 2-0 victory over Napoli, and you get the feeling there will be plenty more following soon.

Ozil is yet to concede a foul in England but has been fouled himself on three occasions, and he has, perhaps surprisingly, won both of his headers.

There is no doubt the impact that the former Real Madrid playmaker is having at the Emirates, both in terms of mentality and his performances, and I for one am glad Arsene splashed the cash.